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Dafydd Wood - Events and Community Outreach Coordinator in Manchester

Dafydd, a Vermont-transplant from Louisiana by way of Austin, is the events manager for Northshire's Manchester location. He has happily found a new use for his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (on international interdisciplinary modernism). His tastes run arch and snooty from early 20th century culture generally to contemporary avant garde classical music, from Ethiopian Jazz and Afrobeat to historical materialism, art criticism, and poetics. He likes to read modernism (not so much the post-), history, travel literature, classics, poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, and essays. He also likes his wife (a midwife), his kids (two of whom are picture here), cooking, beer, B-movies, art, and nature.

October Bookseller Bookchat

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Hamnet Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316496506
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 13th, 2021

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316051637
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

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Nutshell: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525431947
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Published: Anchor - May 30th, 2017

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

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The Underwater Welder Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603090742
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 7th, 2012

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The Night She Disappeared: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982137366
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

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Never Saw Me Coming Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778311553
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Published: Park Row - September 7th, 2021

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Ghosts: A novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593319857
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Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021

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Lore Olympus: Volume One Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593356074
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Published: Del Rey - November 2nd, 2021

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A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735211230
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 31st, 2021

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These Violent Delights Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534457690
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 17th, 2020

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Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534457720
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 16th, 2021

Heard It in a Love Song: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250235688
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 9th, 2021

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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525510321
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 13th, 2021

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The Reading List: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063025288
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Published: William Morrow - August 3rd, 2021

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HEX Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250780935
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 21st, 2021

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The Manningtree Witches Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781646220649
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Published: Catapult - August 10th, 2021

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My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781594749766
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Published: Quirk Books - July 11th, 2017

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250812629
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 28th, 2021

The Testaments: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525562627
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Published: Anchor - September 1st, 2020

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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

October Publisher Sales Reps Book Picks Night

On Thursday, October 14th, Anne DeCourcey from HarperCollins and Ben White from Macmillan are sharing their recent picks while Nick Johnson from our friends at Libro.fm will be discussing the indie alternative to Amazon's Audible and will be sharing some favorite audiobooks.

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April in Spain Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335471406
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 5th, 2021

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Snow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781335629036
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 14th, 2021

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The Sentence Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671127
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

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Plague of Doves: A Novel Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780063138940
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 7th, 2021

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The Birchbark House Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780063064164
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Published: HarperCollins - November 16th, 2021

The Brides of Maracoor: A Novel (Another Day #1) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063093966
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Published: William Morrow - October 12th, 2021

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780060987107
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 28th, 2000

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The Cat Who Saved Books: A Novel Cover Image
By Sosuke Natsukawa, Louise Heal Kawai (Translated by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780063095724
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Published: HarperVia - December 7th, 2021

Termination Shock: A Novel Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780063028050
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Published: William Morrow - November 16th, 2021

Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Ultimate Oral History of The Office Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063082199
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Published: Custom House - November 16th, 2021

Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063090026
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Published: William Morrow - November 2nd, 2021

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: The Deluxe Hardcover: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
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Published: Harper - November 9th, 2021

Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062909107
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Published: Ecco - September 28th, 2021

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The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063076099
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 5th, 2021

The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063065246
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Published: William Morrow - October 12th, 2021

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062954794
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Published: HarperOne - October 5th, 2021

Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063066267
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Published: Ecco - November 16th, 2021

The Smart Cookie (The Food Group) Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063045408
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Published: HarperCollins - November 2nd, 2021

Grand Jeté and Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062392022
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Published: HarperCollins - October 19th, 2021

Pax, Journey Home Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062930347
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 7th, 2021

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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062377029
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 2nd, 2019

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The Keeper of Night Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335405661
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Published: Inkyard Press - October 12th, 2021

The Color of Dragons Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062915665
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Published: HarperTeen - October 19th, 2021

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Crossroads: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374181178
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

Three Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250276896
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 5th, 2021

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Fight Night Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635578171
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times (Global Icons Series) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250784094
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Published: Celadon Books - October 19th, 2021

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

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Under the Whispering Door Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217349
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Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

My Monticello: Fiction Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250807151
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 5th, 2021

Together: Memorable Meals Made Easy [American Measurements] Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250821799
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 2nd, 2021

The Antiquarian Sticker Book: Over 1,000 Exquisite Victorian Stickers (The Antiquarian Sticker Book Series) Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250208149
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Published: Odd Dot - March 3rd, 2020

The Antiquarian Sticker Book: Bibliophilia (The Antiquarian Sticker Book Series) Cover Image
By Odd Dot
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250792556
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Published: Odd Dot - September 21st, 2021

The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374158453
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 20th, 2021

Willodeen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147400
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 7th, 2021

InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S. Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250220059
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Published: First Second - September 28th, 2021

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781250219954
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Published: First Second - February 25th, 2020

Everything, All the Time, Everywhere: How We Became Postmodern by Stuart Jeffries - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781788738224
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Published: Verso - October 26th, 2021

Jeffries follows his popular book on the Frankfurt School Grand Hotel Abyss with this clever, charming, and ultimately damning story of Postmodernism. For Jeffries, the perennially slippery, maddeningly-overused postmodern is not simply the art but the zeitgeist of neoliberal capitalism, at once critical and complicit, always laced with an ironic detachment. Jeffries cleverly constructs each chapter around three things emblematic of postmodernism from the 1970s to the present and allows the hard work of defining terms and weightier philosophical issues arise when needed in the pursuit of his thesis and a good narrative. With a gleeful disregard for elitist hierarchies, find herein David Bowie, Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, Las Vegas, Princess Diana, Apple, Netflix, and the Rushdie Fatwa. Finally, Jeffries shows with a strong analysis threaded throughout the book from Nixon to Reagan & Thatcher to the economic crisis how income inequality and massive debt became ubiquitous today. An essential, entertaining cultural history of the last 50 years which has radically changed how I’ll forever think about Postmodernism. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Mr. Beethoven by Paul Griffiths - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681375809
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Published: New York Review Books - October 26th, 2021

Besides living a little longer and crossing the Atlantic, Griffiths’ Mr. Beethoven is about the most carefully informed and deeply researched historical novel that I’ve read. The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston did reach out to Beethoven for a commission, and in this charming fantasia the Romantic titan comes to the young United States, composes an oratorio on the Book of Job, and learns a variety of sign language that existed on Martha’s Vineyard. Griffiths brings to vibrant life not only the composer, but the world of amateur musicians and pompous divines in provincial 1830s Boston. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631498831
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Published: Liveright - May 4th, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize winning-historian of Thomas Jefferson and the Hemmingses of Monticello has crafted a slim, powerful book of history, family narrative, and memoir. Annette Gordon-Reed who integrated her grade school offers a distinct look at this country’s history of racism through the prism of Texas. From the Alamo (the origins of the Yellow Rose) to Six Flags (named after those that flew over Texas including the Confederate) On Juneteenth is a deeply informative and moving book that masterfully weds historical and cultural revisionism and personal memoir. Gordon-Reed has not only written one of the greatest books about Texas, but she brilliantly articulates the danger of an uncritical worship of historical figures. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


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